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Software Requirements


Minimum Software Requirements 

When purchasing a computer, it is important to consider the compatibility and ease of use with other computers. Therefore, students should be aware of the software applications considered standard at Davenport University.

These include the following: 

  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer (Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
  • Mac users will need to have Microsoft Office Home & Student 2016 for Mac or newer.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version)
  • Java (latest version)
  • Adobe Flash (latest version)


Blackboard supports most primary browsers for faculty and students to access their courses. Links to the vendor sites for the browsers are included in this topic. For guaranteed up-to-date information, please visit support.

Note: Davenport recommends not using Internet Explorer or Edge.


  • Mozilla FireFox (latest version) (Recommended browser for Blackboard Learn)
  • Internet Explorer 11 or higher
  • Google Chrome (latest version) (Recommended browser for Blackboard Collaborate Ultra - Web Conferencing) 


  • Safari 11.1 or higher
  • Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version) 

To ensure that your operating system and browser are compatible with Blackboard 9 please follow the links below to the Blackboard Supported OS & Browsers pages.